1475 (Dulwich) Squadron Air Training Corps

This unit has been supported by the Haberdashers’ Company since 1991 when the then Master David Sime presented the Company Colour to mark the Squadron’s Golden Jubilee. The unit has strong links with the City of London and Haberdasher Aske’s Hatcham College, from which many of the Air Cadets are drawn.

The unit is situated in a new HQ in Dulwich and is under the command of Squadron Leader Kevin Mehmet RAFVR(T), Freeman of the Company.

1475 (Dulwich) Squadron Air Training Corps Royal Air Force Air Cadets was founded by the London Borough of Lewisham on the 12th June 1941 under a Royal Warrant signed by His late Majesty King George VI dated 5th February 1941.  The Squadron is one of over 900 units which make up the Air Training Corps.  1475 Squadron, now located in Dulwich in South East London, has enjoyed a very successful existence.  Its particular strength is in sport, having dominated the athletics, swimming, and cross country championships in the London area since the 1960s.  The Squadron has held since 1988 the appointment of Heraldic Banner Bearers to the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and senior Aldermen of the City of London. 1475 Squadron also holds two ATC Certificates of Merit (the highest meritorious award made to a Squadron) for services to the City of London (1991) and the RAF Benevolent Fund (2007) respectively.  The Squadron also holds the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund’s Poignard (and the only cadet unit to do so) presented for its fund raising work for the RAF’s leading charity having raised over £65000 for the Fund. 

1475 Squadron won the Sir Alan Lees Trophy 2010/11; awarded to the best Squadron in the United Kingdom.  The Squadron has never lost its links with, and remained loyal to its founding fathers, the London Borough of Lewisham.  In 2011, to mark the Squadron’s 70th anniversary, the London Borough of Lewisham uniquely granted the unit the honour of Civic Adoption for its sustained service to the Borough.  That year to mark the same anniversary the Haberdashers’ Company presented the unit its second Company Colour; the first being presented in 1991 by Master Haberdasher the late Colonel David A H Sime OBE MC, who was later made a Patron of the Squadron. 

On 2nd November 2011 at a parade in Blackheath attended by over 300 guests the then Master Haberdasher Mrs Deborah Knight presented the Company’s new Colour to the Squadron.  In the same year to mark the Squadron’s close ties and service to the City of London the Court of Aldermen also presented the unit a Banner (known as the Lord Mayor’s Banner) to mark the 25 years of dedicated service to the City of London’s Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and Alderman through the Lord Mayor’s Show.  In 2015 the City of London granted the Squadron the exceptional Civic Honour of Associate Body of the City of London.  With that honour the Squadron joins the 11 distinguished military units which include the Grenadier Guards, the Royal Marines, 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (EOD), et al.  1475 (Dulwich) Squadron is very much a City of London unit.

The Squadron has maintained closed links with Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College for a great many years.  In 1991 the Squadron was one of the first cadet units to be affiliated to a Livery Company.  Holding the Lord Mayors Banner, the Haberdashers’ Company Colour and as an Associated Body of the City of London, 1475 (Dulwich) Squadron has a unique place within the City of London. 

The Squadron’s aim is to develop in its cadets, through the concept of formal military discipline, a sense of responsibility, team working, communication, and leadership skills.  The Squadron is committed to competition in keeping with its spirit and character justly summed up by its motto 'certamus vincere' (strive to win).